Health and Wellbeing

Christmas Survival Guide Part 3 – Festive recipes for you to try

Having to spend the Christmas holidays at university can be hard, especially if you are usually at home with family. Our 6 part Christmas Survival Guide should help …



It’s that time of year where most people are enjoying a few festive treats. For the third part to our survival guide, I’ve lined up some of my favourite easy recipes that won’t cost you too much money or time to make…


Try your hands at these for some tasty treats and something to fill your days and tummy this Christmas.


1)    Chocolate and Ginger refrigerator squares

You will need:

300g ginger nut biscuits roughly crushed

140g crystallised stem ginger, finely chopped

300g plain chocolate

100g butter, diced

100g golden syrup


To make:

  • Line a 20cm X 30cm tin with baking parchment
  • Mix the biscuits with most of the ginger, set aside
  • Melt the chocolate, butter & golden syrup until smooth & glossy
  • Pour this over the biscuit and ginger mixture & mix together well
  • Tip the mixture into the prepared tin & sprinkle over the reserved ginger
  • Chill for at least 2 hours or overnight, before cutting into small squares


2)    Mince Pies

 You will need:

225g cold butter, diced

350g plain flour

100g golden caster sugar

280g mincemeat

1 small egg

Icing sugar, to dust


To make:

  • To make the pastry, rub the cold butter into the plain flour, then mix in the caster sugar & a pinch of salt
  • Combine pastry into a ball, knead briefly (dough should be fairly firm)
  • Preheat oven to 200c/gas 6/fan 180
  • Line 18 holes of two 12-hole patty tins by pressing small walnut-sized balls of pastry into each hole
  • Spoon 280g mincemeat into the pies
  • Take slightly smaller balls of pastry than before, pat them out between your hands to make lids
  • Top the pies with their lids, pressing the edges gently together to seal
  • Beat 1 small egg and brush tops, then bake for 20 minutes until golden
  • To serve, lightly dust with icing sugar


3)    Sticky marshmallow and chocolate tray bake


You will need:

200g dark chocolate

100g milk chocolate

200g caster sugar

250g butter

4 eggs, beaten

150g plain flour

5g rice krispies

225g marshmallows


To make:

  • Heat oven to 180c/gas 4/fan 160
  • Melt together dark and milk chocolate, caster sugar and butter
  • Stir in the eggs, then gradually add the plain flour followed by the rice krispies
  • Pour mixture into a 23cm X 33cm brownie tin lined with baking paper
  • Bake for 25 minutes and then leave in the tin to cool completely
  • Divide into 16 equal squares


4)    Easy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies (vegan, dairy, egg and gluten free)


You will need:

½ tablespoon flaxseeds

1 tablespoon water

½ cup peanut butter

¼ cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon honey

¼ tablespoon vanilla extract

¼ tablespoon baking soda

1/3 cup dark chocolate chips


To make:

  •  Preheat oven to 180c/gas 4/ fan 160
  • Grind the flaxseeds and place in a mixing bowl
  • Stir in the water and let it sit
  • Add peanut butter, powered sugar, honey, vanilla, and baking stir
  • Stir together till well combined
  • Stir in chocolate chips
  • Place cookies by tablespoon onto your baking sheet and flatten them
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes



5)    Ultimate Roast Potatoes


You will need:

Maris Piper potatoes (any brand will do really)

100 ml olive oil

2 tsp flour



To make:

  • Put a tin in the oven (reasonably sized) & heat to 200c/gas 6/fan 180/gas 6
  • Peel potatoes & cut into 4 even sized pieces
  • Drop into large pan & cover with water
  • Sprinkle in salt & wait for water to boil
  • As water reaches a full boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 2 mins
  • Put oil into the hot roasting tin & heat for a few mins
  • Drain potatoes, shake to fluff them up
  • Roast for 15 mins, then take them out and turn them over
  • Roast for another 15 mins, then take them out and turn them over again
  • Roast for another 10-20 minutes, or until crisp
  • Scatter with salt



If you are not the best at keeping track of time, use a stop watch to ensure you don’t burn anything. Also please remember to be careful whilst making these festive treats, we do not want any injuries.


There are lots of recipes online if you want to be a little more adventurous, try these sites for lovely Christmas recipe ideas:



Enjoy your treats whilst watching Christmas movies (last year’s recommendations but still Christmas classics).


Even more information and  ideas for you

We hope this blog post has been useful and you try these tasty treats; please see our other blogs for more information.

  • Activities and things to do over the holidays – Christmas Survival Guide Part 1
  • Combatting Homesickness – Christmas Survival Guide Part 2
  • Top tips for staying healthy and positive over the holidays – Christmas Survival Guide Part 4
  • The mobile apps you need this holiday – Christmas Survival Guide Part 5
  • Need someone to talk to? – Christmas Survival Guide Part 6



Season’s greetings

Annie, Student Intern



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  • Zack Humes

    Chocolate and ginger squares…it even sounds tempting. I am definitely going to try this out to savour my sweet tooth.

    • Katrina Taylor

      Glad you liked the recipe Zack, share a picture if you do make them, we are on twitter and facebook search: studentlifecu

      Merry Christmas!

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